James Madison Dukes host George Mason Patriots in college basketball action
George Mason Patriots vs James Madison Dukes Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the James Madison vs George Mason battle Saturday at JMU Center as the Dukes look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
James Madison battles the Patriots, currently sitting with a 12-9 mark (9-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-12 for the Dukes and 9-9 for the Patriots.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Dukes as 1-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Dukes at No. 265 and the Patriots at No. 145 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 66-65 result in favor of the Patriots.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits James Madison's No. 245-ranked offense, averaging 64.4 PPG, against a Patriots defense that ranks No. 85 at 62.4 PPG. The Dukes field goal percentage has averaged 41.4% so far, less than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.
Defensively, George Mason features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. James Madison, meanwhile, comes in at No. 283 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for George Mason, they were a 58-54 loser as they battled Drexel at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. The Patriots endured a 58-54 loss at the hands of the Dragons on Thursday, despite a 15-point effort from Sherrod Wright at Patriot Center.
James Madison was a 62-41 winner in their most recent outing at home against Hofstra. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Dukes and Pride didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Hofstra was handed a 62-41 defeat on Thursday at JMU Center.
George Mason Patriots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Old Dominion are 7-3
After playing Drexel are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
James Madison Dukes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing William & Mary are 6-4
After playing Hofstra are 2-8
After a win are 7-3
A few Patriots at Dukes trends to consider:
George Mason is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against James Madison
The total has gone OVER in 4 of George Mason's last 5 games when playing on the road against James Madison
James Madison is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of James Madison's last 7 games when playing George Mason
James Madison is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of James Madison's last 5 games when playing at home against George Mason
George Mason at Old Dominion, Monday, February 4
James Madison home to William & Mary, Wednesday, February 6